SAGIA connecting with Cisco WebEx

Investment authority using Cisco WebEx for meetings and collaboration

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SAGIA connecting with Cisco WebEx Cisco WebEx will help SAGIA connect across the Kingdom. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 15, 2010

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) is to improve its workforce collaboration, with the deployment of Cisco's WebEx.

The investment authority will use the IP-based collaboration and meeting solution to enable employees and other stakeholders to communicate with each other, share documents, presentations and so on through the service.

"SAGIA's objective is to create the best business strategy for achieving our vision of promoting direct investment into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we are always looking at ways to achieve economies of scale and synergies. Cisco WebEx will keep us ahead of the game by enabling us to offer us a cost-effective meeting solution that will help save on travel costs allow our stakeholders and employees to meet online with customers, partners and colleagues, wherever they are, as easily as if they were face-to-face," explained Hassan Al Duhaim, networks and operations manager at SAGIA.

SAGIA says that intends to use a number of different WebEx applications, including WebEx Meeting Center, WebEx Event Center, WebEx Training Center and WebEx Support Center. WebEx is delivered as Software-as-a-Service through Saudi Telecom Company in the Kingdom, so that users just need to subscribe, and can then access it through a computer or most smart phones and an internet connection.

Mohammad Al Rehaili, WebEx channel manager Cisco, WebEx Technology Group, Saudi Arabia said: "This is a very strategic and important deployment for Cisco in Saudi Arabia, as SAGIA is a key player in the kingdom. SAGIA will now have access to a richer collaboration environment within WebEx, which will provide more of an 'in-person' type of experience, which can lead to greater productivity in meetings. Business today requires organizations to navigate the complex cross-company networks of customers, colleagues and partners, and only the companies quick to adapt in this collaborative work process will thrive in the new flat world and in a challenging economy."

"With more than six million people throughout the world now using Cisco WebEx every month, it is becoming an integral tool in day-to-day business operations and services. It is important that businesses in Saudi are able to utilize the latest collaborative technologies to enhance business growth and development. Cisco WebEx is helping them to achieve that. As the leading provider of telecommunications services in Saudi Arabia, it is important that we are at the forefront of technology so that we can always offer our customers the latest enhancements in the market. Cisco's WebEx solution is enabling us to do this," added Yahya S Almansour, general manager of marketing at the STC.

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